January 31, 2019
(1:50 p.m. EST) -- Scarlet Lady, the much-anticipated first cruise ship from Virgin Voyages, will feature a variety of cabins including "social" inside cabins that sleep up to four in a chalet-style bunk and solo inside rooms priced for single travelers. The ship will also introduce a new-to-the-industry bed concept that converts from a full-sized bed to a lounger, as well as custom-designed hammocks in rooms that have balconies.
Of the line's 1,408 cabins onboard Scarlet Lady, 93 percent will have ocean views and 86 percent will have a balcony (which the line refers to as Sea Terraces). Cabin categories will include XL Sea Terrace, Sea Terrace, Sea View, Insider, Social Insider and Solo Insider cabins. The line previously revealed the look and amenities of the ship's suites.
"We didn't want to create the same old box of a bedroom that our Sailors would only use to lay their head down at night," said Dee Cooper, senior vice president of design for Virgin Voyages. "We wanted to reshape the entire cabin experience. Whether it's sleeping, socializing or stargazing they desire, our cabins will transform to match our Sailors' whims."
According to Virgin Voyages, the concept for the night-to-day bed/loungers, called Seabeds, came from the "convivial nature of cruising," and is designed to give people more space for social gatherings in their rooms. Most standard cabins will have a Seabed.
Cabins will also feature mood lighting that automatically adjusts to "enhance the time of day based on where the ship is in the world." For instance, lighting will change to reflect the blue seas during the day or to reflect the gold and purple sunsets of the Caribbean waters.
Rooms will have presence sensors to detect when someone has left the cabin and will go into energy saver mode, triggering the blinds to close and air-conditioning to adjust to an eco-saver temperature.
Other features to be found in most standard rooms will include an in-room entertainment system with a 43-inch and 4K flatscreen HDTV, mini bar, desk with mirror and flexible wardrobes. Bathrooms will have rain shower heads.
Balcony rooms will feature custom-designed hammocks on the terraces. The hammocks will all be handwoven by artisans from Yellow Leaf, an organization that fosters women's empowerment and community transformation in rural Thailand.
Scarlet Lady is scheduled for delivery in 2020. It will be adults-only (18 and older) and sail from Miami on four- and five-day Caribbean and Cuba cruises. The ship features all-inclusive dining with nine dining venues, a tattoo studio, an outdoor fitness center and extensive spa facilities. Virgin recently revealed its cruise fares will include gratuities, including on alcoholic drinks (most non-alcoholic drinks are complimentary) and spa treatments.